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About C.J. Hayden

c.j. hayden Professional Bio (Personal bio below)

C.J. Hayden, MCC, CPCC, is the bestselling author of Get Clients Now! (AMACOM, 2007), Get Hired Now! (Bay Tree, 2005), and The One-Person Marketing Plan Workbook. C.J. is an entrepreneurship coach and trainer who helps her clients launch and expand ventures dedicated to social benefit and their own right livelihood. She is a former management consultant with over 30 years of business experience, including marketing, product development, finance, human resources, and information systems. C.J. has been a professional trainer since 1978 and a coach since 1992.

A popular speaker and workshop leader, C.J. has taught entrepreneurship, marketing, and leadership skills for hundreds of organizations, including John F. Kennedy University, Mills College, The Coaches Training Institute, the Social Enterprise Alliance, Leaderspring, Chevron, Federal Express, Marriott, Wells Fargo, SCORE, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

As a pioneer in the emerging profession of coaching, C.J. was a founding director of the worldwide Professional & Personal Coaches Association (later merged with the International Coach Federation). She also founded and served as editor of Being in Action: The Journal of Professional & Personal Coaching. She holds the credentials of Master Certified Coach and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.

C.J. is the co-founder of the Thriving Women in Business Giving Circle, and the founder of Citizen Angel. She previously founded the social enterprise Women's Economic Network. Some of the many organizations where C.J. has served as a board or committee member are the Coaches Make a Difference Initiative, Grameen Shakti, International Coach Federation, Northern California Human Resources Council, Volunteers for Careers, and Women in Business Mentoring Circles. She received the "Woman of Achievement" award from San Francisco Business and Professional Women for her tireless work in their Entrepreneurial Development Program. C.J. currently serves on the boards of the Social Enterprise Alliance San Francisco chapter, Global Initiative to Advance Entrepreneurship, and Choice: The Magazine of Professional Coaching.

C.J. has authored over 400 articles on marketing, entrepreneurship, life purpose, and social change, published internationally in Home Business, Selling Power, SOHO Business Report, Choice, and CareerSource magazines, and in numerous regional publications, including California Job Journal, The Globe, and Bay Area BusinessWoman. She contributes regularly to dozens of websites and ezines, including, Principled Profit, RainToday, and SalesDog.

C.J. has been featured in Investor's Business Daily, Working Woman, Information Marketing Journal, Home Office Computing, and Costco Connection, and in numerous books, including Get Slightly Famous, Take Back Your Time, and The Business and Practice of Coaching. She has been widely profiled internationally by newspapers, radio, and TV.

For more about C.J., visit Get Clients Now! or C.J. Hayden. Or connect with C.J. on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

Personal Bio

C.J. was born in Westchester County, New York, but left almost immediately. Before settling in San Francisco as a young adult, she had lived in sixteen cities, eight states, and two Canadian provinces. At the age of 15, C.J. dropped out of high school and ran away from home. Living on the street for more than two years in several U.S. and Canadian cities, she became addicted to alcohol and drugs, and was a victim of assault and abuse.

Overcoming homelessness, addiction, and her lack of education, C.J. eventually earned her way off the street with a series of minimum wage jobs. She put herself through college at night over a period of ten years. Before she turned 30, C.J. held over fifty jobs, including carhop, bank teller, computer programmer, surveyor, product manager, and planetary geologist. Her first entrepreneurial venture was making jewelry in a logging cabin on Vancouver Island, and she has been self-employed as a technical writer, corporate trainer, seminar producer, software developer, and management consultant.

In 1992, C.J. finally found her mission in life when she began helping others fulfill theirs. She has since turned her passion for empowering mission-driven entrepreneurs into a thriving coaching and training business and three books. An instinctive gate-crasher and determined survivor, C.J. has created her own path to success by applying her special blend of persistence, resourcefulness, and an ability to relate to just about anyone.

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